Looking good before and during a workout is not a problem with the offerings of sweat- and smudge- proof makeup, but maintaining the post gym glow after a grueling training session is another. Whether you are coming from work and need to remove your makeup before gym, heading back to the office after or straight to an appointment without time for a full shower, these smart beauty items will help you with the quick and effortless transition. This curated list of products have smart packaging, are multi-functional and efficient to ensure they deserve a spot in your gym bag.
Bifesta Cleansing Sheets, $2.95 (10-Sheet Pack)
Unlike other wipes that come in a plastic pack with an adhesive lid, Bifesta goes one step further with a hard lid that locks tight with a click. This means no more dried up wipes when you don’t press shut the lid tight enough.
Available in three oil-free options – Moist, Bright Up and Enrich, the sheets are generously sized and moistened with the cleaning lotion, which effectively remove all traces of makeup (even waterproof ones) effortlessly.
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation, $80
Housed in a convenient and portable cushion compact with its own customised puff applicator, this formula is oil-free, long-lasting, offers full coverage, keeps skin hydrated and feel super light on my skin. What’s more, its mesh-like filter dispenses the right amount of foundation, without any messy leaks or spills.
NARS Skin Purifying Foam Cleanser, $52
Not in a travel size but the packaging is well designed with a screw cap that will prevent water from splashing and accumulating inside it. This refreshing foaming cleanser is enriched with wild rose and peony extracts to soothe skin and reduce shine, while gently washing away makeup and impurities. Just like its makeup range, this cleanser also contains NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex to make your skin reflect light like a prism.
ANIA Pure Argan Oil Light, $39
The idea of using 100% pure and organic Morrocan argan oil for head to toe hydration evokes images of an African queen princess drenched in liquid gold. This single-ingredient skincare comes in two variants – original and light. Both are non-greasy on skin after application but the latter is created to be a super fast absorbing version. Suitable for all skin types, this multi-purpose beauty oil provides intense moisturisation for hair, skin, and nails.
Batiste Dry Shampoo Original, $3.90
After a quick workout at the gym, all you have to do is to spray this handy mini sized dry shampoo directly onto the roots of my hair. It instantly mops up excess sebum and sweet while refreshing the scalp. Best part, it also gives hair a root lift and leaves it lightly scented.
Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer SPF 25, $105
A constant must-have for those in-the-know, this cult concealer is recently reformulated to offer the same coverage in an even lighter texture. With a glide-on texture that goes on super smoothly, you are guaranteed precise application and effortless blending to correct the appearance of dark circles, spots, and imperfections. This upgraded version also contains SPF protection for good measure.
Gatsby Moving Rubber, $4.90
Moving Rubber is created in collaboration with top Japanese hair stylists and the result is a product formulated with a smooth polymer for a non-sticky, light and natural finish with good holding power. It is also available in 7 variants for different styling effect and in a cute mini travel size package.
Biore Sara Sara Powder Sheet, $2.95 (10-Sheet Pack)
Perfect for a quick wipe down after a light gym or yoga session, the sheets removes odour, perspiration and stickiness from skin. Unlike most wipes, Biore sheets are formulated with a super fine and translucent powder that leaves skin dry with a light and pleasant floral scent, making them super handy on long-haul flights as well.
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Essence Mist, $54
Nothing more refreshing than spritzing this alcohol-free cucumber essence mist before and after a workout. Cucumber contains anti-inflammatory properties and its extract helps to soothe and detoxify skin.
This mist also contains hyaluronic acid to keep skin hydrated and is enriched with chamomile to calm irritated skin. It can be used on cleansed skin as a treatment essence and over makeup as on-the-go hydration. You can also use it to create a hydrating facial mask by drenching an accompanying compressed sheet mask with the essence.
Diptyque Philosykos Solid Perfume, $65
Unlike the usual perfumes that come in bulky glass bottle, this solid perfume is super compact and portable. All you have to do is dab some onto your pulse points, and rub what’s left on your fingers through your hair to scent your tresses.
Text: Joyce Cheo